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    This is the America we deserve

    This is the America we deserve

    The temptation toward unearned nostalgia about political life should normally be treated with a large dose of skepticism. But sometimes, when things get really bad, the nostalgia can be earned.

    This is one of those times.

    Imagine a politically informed citizen from just about any prior era of post-Civil War American history being transported to this past Sunday afternoon to observe the viciously polarized, thoroughly scummy spectacle that has infected our public life. The person could come from the late 19th century, when both major parties were challenged by the upstart People's Party. Or from the darkest days of the Depression. Or from any moment during the destabilizing cultural upheavals of the late 1960s and early 1970s. It wouldn't matter. Nothing would have prepared them for what they saw here the constant smarmy swirl of charge and counter-charge between the president and leading members of his own party, the anxious striving for continual outrage on the part of journalists, partisans, and pundits, who act like emotional drug addicts eager for an hourly fix of self-righteousness. And all of it coming at the end of a week when a major topic of debate involved the question of whether the secretary of state did or did not refer to the president of the United States as a "moron."

    In his astonishing multi-hour feud with the president on Sunday, Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) claimed that the Trump White House is an "adult daycare center." He was too generous. The Trump White House may well be a dysfunctional mess, with staffers constantly scrambling, and often failing, to contain the ignorant, narcissistic malevolence and incompetence of the commander in chief. And Corker may even be right that Trump is setting the country on a "path to World War III." But that still doesn't capture the gravity of the situation in which we find ourselves.

    The United States is a great nation. A superpower the likes of which the world has never seen. The single most essential guarantor of global order since 1945. The engine and overseer of worldwide economic growth and technological advancements over the same period. And yet here in the second decade of the 21st century, our political culture has descended into pure mayhem. It's become a madhouse, a freak-show circus. Donald Trump is its ringleader, but the rest of us gamely play along, with some cheering him on, and many others relishing every opportunity to express our hatred of him and everything he and his party represents. It's all heat and next to no light at all a grim, sickening display. And it's becoming increasingly difficult to imagine a way out.

    Sunday began with Trump accusing Corker, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee who recently announced his retirement, of lacking the "guts" to run for re-election. That provoked hours of recriminations between the two men, culminating in the New York Times interview containing Corker's line about the threat of World War III.

    It was hardly an edifying performance by a man who strongly endorsed Trump during the general election. But rather than noting his earlier error and then praising him for finally taking a stand against the president's recklessness, many liberals stopped at the first step saying, in effect, "Too late, buddy. You own him."

    While Trump and Corker took potshots at each other, Vice President Mike Pence engaged in an intentionally polarizing stunt by showing up at an Indianapolis Colts football game only to depart in a huff when players from the San Francisco 49ers (predictably) knelt in protest during the national anthem. It was an utterly gratuitous effort to sow race-based dissension and animosity in the country the diametric opposite of the kind of behavior we normally label "presidential."

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    The left works to turn our society into a shit hole, then they are stunned when it becomes one.

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    Meh. Since Donald Trump was born, the government in Italy has changed something like 70 times. What we're going through is minor compared to some other places. And his damage will be limited by a term limit of 8 years, although I have my doubts he lasts that long for whatever reason.

    One thing the article writer is forgetting is that Donald Trump is a Republican in name only. A true RINO. It was merely the party that let him get a foot in the door; he was elected on pure populism and his beliefs and policy plans reflect that, not the Republican platform. So the infighting is not only logical, it has been expected.
    I'll believe corporations are people when Texas executes one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Servo View Post
    Meh. Since Donald Trump was born, the government in Italy has changed something like 70 times. What we're going through is minor compared to some other places. And his damage will be limited by a term limit of 8 years, although I have my doubts he lasts that long for whatever reason.

    One thing the article writer is forgetting is that Donald Trump is a Republican in name only. A true RINO. It was merely the party that let him get a foot in the door; he was elected on pure populism and his beliefs and policy plans reflect that, not the Republican platform. So the infighting is not only logical, it has been expected.
    So you like him then!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Servo View Post
    Meh. Since Donald Trump was born, the government in Italy has changed something like 70 times. What we're going through is minor compared to some other places. And his damage will be limited by a term limit of 8 years, although I have my doubts he lasts that long for whatever reason.

    One thing the article writer is forgetting is that Donald Trump is a Republican in name only. A true RINO. It was merely the party that let him get a foot in the door; he was elected on pure populism and his beliefs and policy plans reflect that, not the Republican platform. So the infighting is not only logical, it has been expected.
    Every time someone says "populism" I remember the dancing McDonald's ads from the 1980's
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frostbit View Post
    So you like him then!!
    Ha ha ha. No.
    I'll believe corporations are people when Texas executes one.

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